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Thursday, September 21, 2006
September 21, 2006: Recent links of interest
Thursday, 21 September 2006 5:49 P GMT-05
With the midterm elections less than seven weeks away, Americans have an overwhelmingly negative view of the Republican-controlled Congress, with substantial majorities saying that they disapprove of the job it is doing and that its members do not deserve reelection, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Thursday, 21 September 2006 5:47 P GMT-05
Asked at a news conference on Tuesday about a Canadian commission’s finding that the man, Maher Arar, was wrongly sent to Syria and tortured there, Mr. Gonzales replied, “Well, we were not responsible for his removal to Syria.” He added, “I’m not aware that he was tortured.” The attorney general’s comments caused puzzlement because they followed front-page news articles of the findings of the Canadian commission. It reported that based on inaccurate information from Canada about Mr. Arar’s supposed terrorist ties, American officials ordered him taken to Syria, an action documented in public records.
Thursday, 21 September 2006 5:44 P GMT-05
"We have to make sure that no Palestinian individual remains under our occupation. If they (Palestinians) escape then it is good; but if anyone of them remains, then he should be exterminated", the fanatic rabbi added in his article.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 6:08 P GMT-05
The men, most of them Hispanic, include former Army sergeants Ray Ramos, Agustín Matos and Jerry Ojeda and specialist Gerard Matthew, who is the lead plaintiff in a pioneering lawsuit that has exposed to the public how American soldiers have been endangered by one of the Pentagon's little-known favorite weapons - depleted uranium artillery.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 3:55 P GMT-05
In the novels and stories of Kafka, the guilt or innocence of the accused is not the issue. When hauled before the unknown accuser, without explanation of charges or evidence, Kafka's characters assume that they must have done something wrong. The surreal dislocation of the one imprisoned in the penal colony or the castle consists in solitude, vulnerability, ignorance. The anonymously oppressing power structure is Kafka's true subject, and it is characterized only by its radical unaccountability. ``Trust us. You're guilty. We're going to execute you, but we can't tell you why." The absolute power of the oppressor depends on the absolute ignorance of the oppressed.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 3:30 P GMT-05
The important stories that the mainstream media (MSM) would tend to ignore.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 8:47 P GMT-05
A notorious Muslim extremist told a demonstration in London yesterday that the Pope should face execution. Anjem Choudary said those who insulted Islam would be "subject to capital punishment".
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 8:26 P GMT-05
Who in their right mind doesn't want to believe that what happened that day was exactly as presented by the Bush Administration? Any alternative train of thought is beyond painful and requires the individual to look evil straight in the eye. I also find it quite interesting that so many in the media who have questioned the government's actions in cover ups like the OKC bombing, TWA Flight 800, Ron Brown and other tragedies, refuse to ask even one question about the official story sold about 9/11. I suppose that's a tribute to the excellent job done by the Ministry of Propaganda in combating any efforts to find answers. The exception and kudos to Lou Dobbs for stepping up to the plate.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 6:08 P GMT-05
A flurry of military maneuvers in the Middle East increases speculation that conflict with Iran is no longer quite so unthinkable. Here's how the U.S. would fight such a war--and the huge price it would have to pay to win it
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 6:00 P GMT-05
If there was a conspiracy, he added, "it did not involve manufacturing the explosives in the loo," as this simply "could not have worked." The process would be quickly and easily detected. The fumes of the chemicals in the toilet "would be smelt by anybody in the area." They would also inevitably "cause the alarms in the toilet and in the air change system in the aircraft to be triggered. The pilot has the ability to dump all the air from an aircraft as a fire-fighting measure, leaving people to use oxygen masks. All this means the planned attack would be detected long before the queues outside the loo had grown to enormous lengths."
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 5:56 P GMT-05
Maureen Stevens says the federal government probably knows who killed her husband. She believes they're not telling because that might reveal things the government doesn't want revealed.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 5:47 P GMT-05
Torture degrades the rule of law, the fundamental purpose of which is to make it possible to settle disputes peacefully. If a person knows that he or she will be tortured after being arrested or captured and will not receive a fair trial, then there is no reason to surrender peacefully — in fact, it would be preferable to die fighting than to die in the torturer's dungeons and secret prisons.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 5:35 P GMT-05
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 5:27 P GMT-05
Anyone wonder who would incarcerate citizens under Patriot Act legislation? I have read of bills coming before both the House and Senate which would allow the National Guard to serve as a domestic police force. Here they are.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 5:11 P GMT-05
The question isn't just Ben Franklin's safety versus liberty -- it comes down to whether we should prefer a small potential gain in security over the short term to possibly a large security threat in the future.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 5:01 P GMT-05
Hezbollah guerrillas were able to hack into Israeli radio communications during last month's battles in south Lebanon, an intelligence breakthrough that helped them thwart Israeli tank assaults, according to Hezbollah and Lebanese officials.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:40 P GMT-05
I deeply respected her courage and professionalism in spite of many a disagreement I had with her views. BE
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:28 P GMT-05
Another Federal Communications Commission study on the negative impacts of media consolidation came to light Monday after being buried at the agency for at least two years -- the second suppressed FCC ownership study to surface in as many weeks. It's clear that FCC's top brass are willing to deep-six any research that contradicts the media industry's pro-consolidation claims.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:25 P GMT-05
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:10 P GMT-05
Israel's military chief told lawmakers Tuesday that it plans to withdraw all its remaining troops from Lebanon by this weekend, meeting a key requirement of a cease-fire that ended the 34-day war against Hezbollah guerrillas.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:02 P GMT-05
As I was walking back outside, gunfire erupted all around us. It turns out the Ministry of Health FPS had gotten into a firefight with nearby FPS officers from the Ministry of Electricity, which is not run by a al-Sadr supporter. Unfortunately, my crew was caught in the middle.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 3:26 P GMT-05
The elite needs to maintain the facade that terrorist cells are everywhere and that only their smothering 'protection' will keep us safe. And yet time and time again the real terrorists are protected and given safe passage by the military-industrial complex handlers. Though the torture program is being sold to the American people as a necessity in the "war of civilizations," it is in actual fact a trial balloon for the incarceration of political dissidents during a time of manufactured national emergency such as a biological terror attack or race riots.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 2:51 P GMT-05
The filmmakers, Verboud and Viallet, spent nearly two years interviewing witnesses and researching the invocation and implementation of the state secrets privilege in Edmonds’ case. Based on their documented findings and interviews with experts such as David Albright, Philip Giraldi, John Cole, Joseph Trento, Glenn Fine, David Rose, and others familiar with Edmonds’ case, the film presents a terrifying picture of Turkish networks’ activities in global nuclear black-market, narcotics and illegal arms trafficking activities in the United States, and examines the extraordinary efforts of officials within the US Government to insure that the secrecy surrounding Edmonds’ case be maintained at any cost – from Edmonds’ termination from the FBI, to invoking the State Secrets Privilege, to gagging the US Congress.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 2:46 P GMT-05
The new documentary "The U.S. vs. John Lennon" tells the story of Lennon's transformation from loveable moptop to antiwar activist, and recounts the facts about Richard Nixon's campaign to deport him in 1972 in an effort to silence him as a voice of the peace movement. The filmmakers got lots of people to talk about Nixon and Lennon on camera, including Walter Cronkite, Gore Vidal, Mario Cuomo, George McGovern, Angela Davis and Bobby Seale, with G. Gordon Liddy representing the other side; the film also includes archival footage of Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover, and stars John Lennon and his biting wit and great music. It opens Sept. 15 in Los Angeles and New York City, and nationwide on Sept. 29.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 2:43 P GMT-05
Imagine an America in which school officials could strip search every student in their school based on the unsubstantiated tip that one of them might have a joint. Congress is voting on a bill Tuesday or Wednesday that could make these police state tactics more common.Tags: war on drugs
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 2:08 P GMT-05
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 6:21 A GMT-05
Did Monica Lewinsky cause the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States? Anyone who watched The Path to 9/11, the ABC two-parter about the events leading up to September 11, might be forgiven for thinking so. The docudrama, hyped by ABC as a "historic broadcast", but seen by its critics as five hours of cynical spin, is a damning indictment of the Clinton administration's failure to derail al-Qaida.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 5:22 A GMT-05
The Federal Communications Commission ordered its staff to destroy all copies of a draft study that suggested greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage, a former lawyer at the agency says.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:55 A GMT-05
"Coupled with the CNO’s request for a blockade review, a deployment of minesweepers to the west coast of Iran would seem to suggest that a much discussed – but until now largely theoretical – prospect has become real: that the U.S. may be preparing for war with Iran,” according to a special report in Time magazine.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:43 A GMT-05
Dr. Steven Miles is the author of Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity and the War on Terror, a scathing examination of the failings of members of the medical profession serving in the military with respect to treatment of prisoners held by American forces in the war on terror, demonstrating such abuses as medical personnel participating in coervice interrogations if not outright torture (including using prisoners' own medical records against them), preparing misleading, if not outright falsifying, medical records including death certificates, and failing to advocate for prisoners being placed in dangerous situations (e.g., such as under weapons fire, or in dangerously unsanitary conditions). Dr. Miles expanded on an article on this subject he published in the Lancet in 2004, relying on an examination of declassified, publicly available documents from our government and military.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:37 A GMT-05
I was locked up and mistreated for being in the wrong place at the wrong time during America’s war in Afghanistan. Like hundreds of Guantánamo detainees, I was never a terrorist or a soldier. I was never even on a battlefield. Pakistani bounty hunters sold me and 17 other Uighurs to the United States military like animals for $5,000 a head. The Americans made a terrible mistake.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:33 A GMT-05
The decision to send the loyal and the willing instead of the best and the brightest is now regarded by many people involved in the 3 1/2 -year effort to stabilize and rebuild Iraq as one of the Bush administration's gravest errors. Many of those selected because of their political fidelity spent their time trying to impose a conservative agenda on the postwar occupation, which sidetracked more important reconstruction efforts and squandered goodwill among the Iraqi people, according to many people who participated in the reconstruction effort.
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 4:19 A GMT-05
IN THE FIGHT over rules for the interrogation and trials of terrorism suspects, there is a split -- not so much between Republicans and Democrats or the White House and the Senate, but between leaders like President Bush with no combat experience and those like Colin Powell who know combat and want to maintain the Geneva Conventions as a protection for US troops.
Monday, 18 September 2006 11:25 P GMT-05
Sectarian death squads snatch victims off the street or from their cars, from their homes or their offices, from mosques or hospitals. The killers come at night or day. They come in uniforms or civilian garb.
Monday, 18 September 2006 5:46 A GMT-05
At every major strategic point in the world, we find that US and Western power is symbiotically melded – through financial, military and intelligence connections – with al-Qaeda; and further that al-Qaeda has in certain places been explicitly used as a military-intelligence asset by Western powers, particularly the United States and United Kingdom. This documentation indicates that international terrorism in the form of al-Qaeda is not merely an enemy to be fought, but rather an unruly asset to be, when possible, controlled and manipulated in the pursuit of quite specific strategic and economic interests. Worse still, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that certain elements of the policy-making establishment are perfectly cognizant that as a direct result of such policies, national security is being fundamentally and continuously undermined with repeatedly fatal consequences.
Monday, 18 September 2006 12:21 A GMT-05
Did President Bush just admit that explosives were used in the WTC, or is this just another one of his many many infamous Bushisms?
Sunday, 17 September 2006 6:07 P GMT-05
Then the bolts -- 20 of which popped out on July 10, causing a fatal ceiling collapse -- were safety-tested at a standard much lower than engineers at the time typically required in other construction projects. Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff used a weaker safety test developed by an obscure Portugal-based group that was intended for bolts ``embedded in rock" -- not bolts in concrete roofs, like the ones in the connector tunnel. ``That's very disturbing to me," said Lee Mattis of California-based CEL Consulting, one of the nation's leading testers of the type of bolt used in the tunnel ceiling, called an epoxy bolt. He had never heard of the International Society for Rock Mechanics, the Portugal group whose ``pull-test" calls for placing 40 percent less weight on bolts than what Mattis says was the rule of thumb at the time.
Sunday, 17 September 2006 5:59 P GMT-05
Like most Europeans--and an awful lot of Americans--I was quite unaware of this ferocious "code" for US armed forces, although it's not hard to see how it fits in with Bush's rantings. I'm tempted to point this out in detail, but my American veteran did so with such eloquence in his letter to me that the response should come in his words: "The Warrior Creed," he wrote, "allows no end to any conflict accept total destruction of the 'enemy'. It allows no defeat ... and does not allow one ever to stop fighting (lending itself to the idea of the 'long war'). It says nothing about following orders, it says nothing about obeying laws or showing restraint. It says nothing about dishonourable actions ...".
Sunday, 17 September 2006 5:52 P GMT-05
It's bad enough that conservatives and moderates, in every available media outlet, ridicule everyone who doesn't toe the Bush line on 9/11. That progressives do the same thing is shameful – and hypocritical.
Sunday, 17 September 2006 5:11 P GMT-05
This week, the Department of Defense (DoD) released a document entitled “Ten Facts About Guantanamo.” The document contains relatively insignificant facts — all detainees receive a pair of “high-top sneakers” — and ignores the facility’s real problems.
Sunday, 17 September 2006 4:36 P GMT-05
77% percent of the people of this country believe that Iran will have nukes soon. So there’s your fake cassus belli, folks, it’s already done. (Not that Iran having nukes is any of America’s business, but neither I nor the Constitution set the premises around here.)
Sunday, 17 September 2006 4:07 P GMT-05
When Steve and Leslie Shaeffer's daughter, Selah, was diagnosed at age 4 with a potentially fatal tumor in her jaw, they figured their health insurance would cover the bulk of her treatment costs. Instead, almost two years later, the Murrieta, Calif., couple face more than $60,000 in medical bills and fear the loss of their dream home. They struggle to stave off creditors as they try to figure out how Selah can keep seeing the physician they credit with saving her life.
Sunday, 17 September 2006 2:48 P GMT-05
One of the most obvious problems with the "no-plane" theory is that it requires complicity on the part of every major news outlet BEFORE the attacks -- right down to low-level employees llike camera men and control-room technicians. Now I ask you; If all of these news agencies were involved before the attacks, why do we have dozens of live reports that talk of explosions in the towers? Don't you think that if so many people were involved in the plot someone would have told the highly-paid TV news reporters "don't say anything about the explosions" before they got to the scene?
Sunday, 17 September 2006 12:34 P GMT-05
A picture is worth a thousand words, and this is a good one taken by 911Blogger regular YT, showing someone reading Metro Silicon Valley's June article on 9/11.
Sunday, 17 September 2006 12:30 P GMT-05
If you have a passport, now is the time to renew it -- even if it's not set to expire anytime soon. If you don't have a passport and think you might need one, now is the time to get it. In many countries, including the United States, passports will soon be equipped with RFID chips. And you don't want one of these chips in your passport.
Sunday, 17 September 2006 12:25 P GMT-05
Indeed, the careerist gatekeepers deny the physical nature of the universe itself—kerosene cannot melt steel, buildings do not collapse at free fall, as Isaac Newton would tell us, if he was around to witness the destruction of the WTC.
Sunday, 17 September 2006 7:06 A GMT-05
You'll have nothing to lose (except a few pennies in tax dollars if you're a U.S. citizen) and everything to gain because if you are so sure 9/11 was not an inside job, then a true independent investigation will prove you guys correct and you'll get to laugh at all of us "nutty" 9/11 conspiracy theorists for being wrong this whole time. If the new investigation proves an inside job, then you should be grateful that the real perpetrators were caught who murdered those 3,000+ innocent people on 9/11. Isn't that worth it?
Sunday, 17 September 2006 7:00 A GMT-05
Duane 'Dog' Chapman caught a really bad criminal in Mexico. Dog Chapman nailed convicted rapist Andrew Luster, who had evaded U.S. law enforcement for over six months. He captured Luster, who was eventually sentenced to 124 years in jail. Now Duane 'Dog' Chapman is a wanted man.